As Buster Olney wrote in his blog this morning, many were surprised to see that the Washington Nationals did not give a qualifying offer (1 year, $13.25 million) to former Cardinal Edwin Jackson, who went 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 2012.
Jackson was a key part to the 2011 team, earning a 3.58 ERA over 78 IP after coming over from the Colby Rasmus trade. I think he has a lot of talent and could be a steal on the free agent market if Mozeliak wants to offer him a moderately sizable contract. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the Cardinals do not have enough pitching to win in 2013. Many would disagree, as they have a plethora of young pitchers who are potentially ready for the Major Leagues, but I’m not ready to count on Trevor Rosenthal, Shelby Miller, or Joe Kelly for an entire season. Are you?